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RantNicely done local Ford dealership! Pin
Keith Barrow11-Aug-14 2:51
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I discovered my Ford Focus has a neat little anti-theft feature that renders the bonnet unable to open if the lockj behind the blue badge is fiddled with . The problem is it also renders my bonnet unable to open if you cross a speed bump too quickly, park on the kerb or look at it in a funny way (seriously - neither me nor the missus have done anything harsh to the car, other than the speed bump thing, even that wasn't bad). I had a quick look, couldn't get it open, researched online and it turns out the best solution on the t'interwebs could provide involved a 12" screwdriver to smash the assembly that keeps the thing locked, or a drill bit that Dirk Diggler would find intimidating.

Anyhoo, got some advice off my normal local garage, who actually advised me to take it to the dealership as they have an actual tool to sort this as the fault was so common. So the missus booked the jalopy in, explaining the problem in surprising detail for someone with a social sciences background.

I hied me off to in the car on Saturday morning and caught the bus (transport of delight 50% charver free) back into town. About 2 hours later the dealer got back in touch - with a detailed report "The anti-theft bonnet latch mechanism has probably been accidentally triggered and we need to break into the car from underneath, then replace the latch". 2 hours, to basically tell us what we'd told them. Also, that the exhaust mount had gone (which we'd also asked them to look at) but also the cat had come loose internally. New exhaust system? £700. I can fit an after market stainless steel one myself for less than half that.
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